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Opinion: Watching the GOP Debate—A Visit to The Twilight Zone

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The rival candidates and audience turned on Rick Perry, the frontrunner with deep Tea Party support, for his claim that if you're a young person in this country, regardless of your last name, you should have the chance to contribute to society rather than be a drag on it. He was booed.

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Opinion: The One Way the GOP can Take Advantage of Anti-Incumbency Fever

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Obama will not face an in-party challenge for the Democratic nomination, but unless things turn around pronto, he limps towards November like Jimmy Carter.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Five Things We Learned from the GOP Field This Weekend

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Five Republican presidential candidates gathered at a forum in South Carolina on Labor Day to field questions in a pre-debate warm-up. Here are five things we learned.

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Endorsementpalooza Rolls On

Friday, September 02, 2011

The 2012 campaign is well under way, and while most politicians in Washington haven't decided which candidate to support, some have joined droves of state legislators, entertainers and activists in endorsing a candidate.

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Opinion: Why Each GOP Contender Thinks They Can Win Florida

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A swath of Florida resembles the deep South, terrain that Rick Perry believes is his. There are plenty of Tea Party conservatives who Bachmann and Ron Paul would love to court. Then again, the state did elect former executive Rick Scott Governor, which shows Romney his pro-corporate constituency, and it is neighbor to Newt's homestate.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Advice to GOP Debaters - You Can't Run on 'No'

Thursday, August 11, 2011

You'd think the Republicans would be smiling. The economy shows no signs of turning by the 2012 election, a bad sign for any incumbent. The GOP caucus in the Capitol has ensured that Democrats can't govern effectively, giving the president very little to run on in his re-election bid. And Obama is ...

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Before Boehner: House Speakers and Make-Or-Break Votes

Thursday, July 28, 2011

When the House votes later today, it could be a moment of triumph for Speaker John Boehner, in the aftermath of his full-court press to snap his caucus in line. Or it could all blow up in his face.

It’s in these moments that a leader’s legacy is made, but the consequences of a loss take time to sink in.

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How Obama Can Get to Yes on the Debt Deal: Lessons from Past Presidents

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

President Obama has had a muted legislative record so far this year, but this debt ceiling standoff is shaping up to be among his administration's most dramatic confrontations with Republicans. 

After signing the health care overhaul, the stimulus bill, and the auto bailout in his first two years – not to mention the tax deal, unemployment extension, DADT, 9/11 First Responders bill flurry during the lame duck Congress last year – Obama was forced to scale back his agenda with the new Republican majority in the House this year. 

Despite his past dismissiveness of small-scale initiatives, Obama has had to table other major pushes on immigration, clean energy, and education. But there was no way to avert this battle on the debt ceiling vote. And it only continues to heat up, with a firm primetime address on Monday and a veto threat on Tuesday. 

But now what? Here, a guide to how previous deals have made been made. 

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Is Bank Regulation Excessive, or Necessary?

Monday, June 20, 2011

If you make these capital standards high enough and burdensome enough, then firms aren't going to grow larger. If you know that you have to hold a lot more capital because you have some risky assets, you might think twice about holding those assets.

Deborah Solomon, financial policy writer for The Wall Street Journal, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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An Iowan Take on New Hampshire Debate: Bachmann Wins

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The night’s real stand-out was Michelle Bachmann, who took advantage of the debate spotlight to announce she is running for president. She clearly and surprisingly won the debate. Bachmann was energetic and has a way with words, making some of the other wannabes look limp. Her experience in Congress showed and made her more credible than her critics might want to admit, and certainly complicates things for Sarah Palin.

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A Vigorous Debate with No Ideas

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Their goal was to chase votes — even if that meant running from their signature achievements, their honest disagreements or their more interesting, nuanced approaches. None of them were interested in a challenging, provocative debate. None of them offered the Republican voter something new to consider. They all just tried to deliver voters exactly what they wanted.

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Gingrich's Top Staff Resigns En Masse - Because He Tweets Too Much?

Thursday, June 09, 2011

You may recall that Newt Gingrich announced his campaign for the 2012 Presidential race over twitter.

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Weathering the Storm: What Anthony Weiner Can Learn From These Sex Scandal Survivors

Monday, June 06, 2011

Anthony Weiner isn't resigning post-sex-scandal, and he's far from the first to try to keep his office in the wake of public shaming. He might want to take lessons from this list of pols who got tangled up in sex-scandals and ended up bruised, but not destroyed. Here are eight political careers that went on despite scandal.

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Did Newt's Political Career Peak Too Early?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Newt's experience is so dated that he's grappling for a foothold when he should be leading the way. He's struggling in this new media universe he doesn't understand.

-Karol Markowicz, on the trouble Newt Gingrich's 2012 campaign has already encountered.

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The Four Types of GOP Candidate - and Why They're All a Tough Sell

Monday, May 23, 2011

Herman Cain - gotta love him, but he appears to be this year's Mike Gravel or Alan Keyes — the guy that is fun to watch in the debates, but is more of a cartoon of a particular belief system than a candidate many people will seriously consider voting for.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, on the weakness of the 2012 GOP field.

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Iowa Caucus Reverberations: Is America Beautiful Without Medicare?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Let me remind you that the Iowa caucuses are not about Newt or Sarah Palin. They are about Iowa sending on to New Hampshire and South Carolina someone who can get the nomination and then get elected president.

-Steffen Schmidt , on the power that the Iowa Caucuses hold.

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GOP Candidates 2012: The Takeaway Cheat Sheet

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

With less than a year to go until the Iowa caucuses, and less than 18 months out from the 2012 presidential elections, the Republican pool of presidential contenders is still uncertain. Earlier this week, Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and real estate mogul Donald Trump announced they would not seek the party's nomination. And pundits are awaiting announcements from big names like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman. 

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GOP and Newt Gingrich Part Ways on Budget

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Top members of the GOP and Newt Gingrich are trading barbs after Gingrich criticized the Paul Ryan budget. After Donald Trump's announcement that he wouldn't run, Gingrich may be one of the most bankable presidential candidates for Republicans, but is he already burning bridges? Newt Gingrich said about Paul Ryan's proposal: “I think that that is too big a jump. I think what you want to have is a system where people voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions... I'm against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change.” The reaction, says Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich was swift and heavy, with conservatives saying Gingrich undermined House Republicans.

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Romney's Health Care Dilemma

Monday, May 16, 2011

Here you have [Romney] in many quarters described as the front runner, even though some polls are all over the map, and yet at the same time his comments in that speech last week in Michigan were just derided by a lot of the people you would think were natural supporters. The Wall Street Journal ripped him both the day that he delivered the speech and the day afterward, and so then you get something like what he said and something like what Newt Gingrich said on Meet the Press...and you could take a video of both of those appearances...and you almost have a 30 second spot in the presidential race right there.

Glen Johnson, politics editor at Boston.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Welcome to the Race, Newt. Things are About to Get Hard

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Now he’s asking moderate former Republicans, now listed as no-party or independents, to scrutinize him. I fear they will be less kind than the acolytes.

-Steffen Schmidt, on the tough road ahead for 2012 GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich

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